Diversity in Federal Way should be celebrated | Letter

My wife and I went for a ride Saturday evening and ended up picking up some ice cream and going to Steel Lake in Federal Way. The temperature was 80 degrees, and the park was full. Huge family gatherings were celebrating birthdays or just the idea it is summer and a weekend.

As we walked down to the lake, we saw a huge gathering of African-Americans playing music, eating, dancing and throwing the football. Further down was a large contingent of Latino-Americans doing the same thing, except playing soccer instead of football. To our left were white families enjoying the sun as kids played on the grass. When we got to the lake, kids of all races were swimming, jumping off the dock and just having a good time together.

My wife and I looked at each other and said, “Remember when we moved to Federal Way, and the population was 80 percent white?” Look at it now. What a marvelous transformation. Let us continue to celebrate diversity, not fear it.

Walter Kostecka, Federal Way

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